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Book jacket, dummy
Subject: Social sciences; humanities; body beautification and adornment; the human body as the object of vanity
Created: 1979-1982; completed 1983
Photographs were primarily taken in London and Los Angeles
A comprehensive account of extraordinary images and compositions reflecting the human endeavour in
beautifying the body by transformation or remodelling, ranging from make-up to body-building and extensive
Thames & Hudson, who were to publish the work, had already advanced to the stage of final plate mark-ups,
but then abandoned the project, unable to find a suitable co-production deal. Kay's sudden death unfortunately
prevented him from pursuing its publication elsewhere.
Changing Bodies was to be prefaced by an introduction by Kay's friend, Germaine Greer. In it, among
others, she draws parallels between the Nuer tribe and western consumer society, juxtaposing the purpose
and meaning of body art by the former with those of the latter.
Following Kay's death, Greer withdrew her script, which was eventually published independently in 1986. It
appeared under the title One man's mutilation is another man's beautification – as part of The
Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings, 1968-1985. (Picador, London, ISBN: 0 330 30149 7)
Executed in monochrome, cover photo in colour